So you think you understand UDL?

Universal design for learning is something that is very prevalent in the education circles today. As time goes on, educators and schools are trying to find new ways in which they can engage their students. They want students to grasp more information from a young age and make it to an academic level that they did not foresee in the past. However, some people do not understand UDL no matter how hard they try. The best thing to remember is that all students are different.

Key Takeaways:

  • Universal Design for Learning is meant to be inclusive and eradicate the antiquated school model of high, medium low groups of learning.
  • 1990 brought us the Americans with Disabilities act and the Disabilities in Education Act, both of which fostered the idea of a restriction-free environment.
  • With a foundation based on a universal design for learning the consensus starts with the knowledge that every child is different and that is normal.

“When students come to us differently, and they face barriers to learning, it’s our curriculum that’s disabled, not our students. All students have assets and strengths and goals and interests. UDL lets us offer them options and choices to create personalized pathways to meet very rigorous goals.”

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